We're done and dusted for another year, but for one of our teams - the journey is only beginning.
Venture of Fortrose High School left our Festival of Youth Enterprise on a high after snapping up our top prize; Company of the Year 2019.
The team took part in our Company Programme in the 2018/19 academic session, setting up a registered company and working to develop and produce a product range suited to those living with dementia, they impressed the judges with their enterprise along with the partnerships developed within their community.
Venture competed against another 15 schools from across Scotland at our full-day final at Edinburgh's Corn Exchange, where our panel of carefully-selected judges were wowed by the calibre of student.
The social enterprise's conversation-starting board game 'Past Times' works to assist different generations to spark memories together and encourages inter-generational conversation.
The team also developed a "dementia mitt" designed to help people living with dementia and a 'Knit your own Mitt Kit'.
Not only did Venture win the overall Can Do Scotland Company of the Year Award, they headed home from Edinburgh with four other awards; the SIS Social Impact Award, SQA Link Teacher of the Year Award, won by Margaret Rhynas from Fortrose Academy, Accenture Digital Presence Award and Fin Davidson, one of the pupils on the Venture team won the City of Glasgow College Journey Award.
Winning the individual awards was amazing for us and then we were overjoyed to discover we had won the overall national award for Scotland."
Venture will now go to London on 17 June to compete in the UK final which we are very excited about.
We're so proud of the success of not only Venture, but the other 15 companies who took part in our finals.
Our flagship programme helps to develop enterprise skills in more than 2,000 young people finalists from as far north as Orkney and the Shetland Islands to as far south as Dumfries and Galloway.
As the leading enterprise engagement organisation for young people in Scotland we work throughout the year to inspire and equip young people to learn and succeed through enterprise through our broad range of programmes. The FoYE19 is an opportunity to celebrate some of the great achievements by young people,their educators and our volunteers. I congratulate all who participated and wish the Fortrose Academy winning team Venture all the very best for the UK competition in London later this month.
I would like to thank all our sponsors and supporters who have generously backed us not just for our finals, but throughout the last year without whose support we could not achieve the results we deliver. I pay tribute to our 500 plus volunteers in all parts of the country and who give generously of their time to ensure that Scotland becomes a place where all young people are given the opportunity to have a rewarding future in work and life - no matter where they start their journey.
Many of the entrepreneurial businesses focused on environmental issues, sustainability and reduction of use of plastics, while others created products showcasing their local environment and recycling and upcycling products.
Our Vision is for Scotland to be a place where all young people are given the opportunity to have a rewarding future in work and life - no matter where they start
Our Mission is to inspire & equip all young people to learn, develop and reach their full potential through enterprise.
In everything that we do, we will work with the following values: Integrity, Enthusiasm, Creativity & Collaboration.
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